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How to Choose the Right Type of Swimming Pool for Your Home

House Beautiful Logo By Hadley Mendelsohn of House Beautiful | Slide 2 of 14: So what if your backyard doesn't have enough space to build an Olympic-level swimming pool? This backyard designed by Arent & Pyke has it all: grill, sitting area, and a pool. Cocktail pools are shallow (usually around four feet deep) all the way across, so their actual size doesn't matter much. They're best for cooling off, relaxing, and entertaining in, says designer Jay Jeffers.

2) Cocktail Pool

So what if your backyard doesn't have enough space to build an Olympic-level swimming pool? This backyard designed by Arent & Pyke has it all: grill, sitting area, and a pool. Cocktail pools are shallow (usually around four feet deep) all the way across, so their actual size doesn't matter much. They're best for cooling off, relaxing, and entertaining in, says designer Jay Jeffers.

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